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Today's News

  • City faces budget deficit

    The problem is straightforward; the solution is going to be complex.

    That was the message Finance Director Mark Schiefer delivered to the city council and department heads at a workshop about the fiscal year 2008-2009 budget.

    The problem: according to Florida statute, the city must have a balanced budget by the end of September. At this point, after Schiefer has incorporated all of the directives given him by the council, the deficit is $309,067, based on a budget of nearly $13 million.

  • Getting the word(s) out

    The Williston Rotary Club and the Williston Pioneer Sun News got the word out, actually lots of words, to third-graders at the elementary school last week.

    At an event held at the school's auditorium, members of the club and representatives of the newspaper distributed free dictionaries to each of the students.

  • Upcoming events

    Candidate holds

    meeting Friday

    Congressional candidate Tim Cunha, running for the 6th District seat, will hold Williston town meeting on Friday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Victorian Tea Room, 115 S.E. 1st Ave., one block south of Noble Avenue. Light refreshments will be served by the Democratic candidate, who will face Republican incumbent Cliff Stearns in November.

    Bronson church

  • Ride to Provide a blessing to LARC

    U.S. 19 looks like a pretty big piece of road, at least until both northbound lanes are crammed with motorcycles - some 275 of them. Cars and trucks waited, and their drivers stared, as a mile-long parade of chrome, fringed leather and flames flowed through the tiny U.S. 19-State Road 24 interchange into Otter Creek Saturday morning.

  • Doctor turns to tunes after his retirement

    The word "retirement" can mean different things to different people. Take Dr. Lou Jensen, for example. He "retired" after a 34-year-career working at a medical clinic in Cocoa-Rockledge where he had spent a great deal of time treating space center employees. That was in 1988. Instead of taking life easy, though, he stayed active in his profession. He was often sent to different Florida cities to fill in where medical help was needed. He worked in clinics and nursing homes in a number of towns from the Panhandle to Lake City to Dowling Park.

  • News from the Levy County Fair

    The Levy County Fair held the first of its four pre-qualifying karaoke contests on Monday, Sept 1. It was a great time with a supportive attendance. The Fair Association puts on these pre-qualifying contest in order to pick the top five singers, who will line up to compete during the Fair on Saturday, Nov. 1. They will compete to be crowned the greatest karaoke singer in Levy County.

  • Community Calendar

    Monday, September 15

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    * Williston Junior Horseman's Club meeting, 6 p.m., Williston Horseman's Park, Southwest 19th Avenue. Contact Kim Kimball, 528-7602.

    Tuesday, September 16

    * Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    * Rotary Club of Williston, First Presbyterian Church, Noon.

  • Butterfly days

    While another tropical storm brews in the south, I'm looking at notes I took after the last storm. When I described being at home during that storm, I wrote that I didn't see any wild animals around the cabin. That's true. A day or two later was a different story.

  • High school football scores

    Williston 58, P.K. Yonge 20

    Bronson 27, Oak Hall 18

    Chiefland 28, Dixie County 21

    Newberry 47, Santa Fe 18

    Nature Coast 59, Dunnellon 7

    Nease 30, North Marion 14

    West Port 7, Vanguard 0

    Trinity Cath. 20, Tampa Cath. 10

    Springstead 42, Crystal River 7

    South Lake 38, Citrus 34

    East Gadsden 49, Chiles 3

  • WHS third in preseason volleyball

    "One of our goals was to come here and win this preseason tournament," said Emily Gore, head coach of Chiefland varsity volleyball.

    They did. Chiefland played scrappy, resourceful ball, taking three games in the first round to put down a more talented Williston team, then finishing off host Bronson in two games in the championship round.

    In the finishes of the four-team field, which saw Chiefland first, Bronson second, Williston third and Cedar Key fourth, every coach saw fine-tuning to be done, but also reasons to celebrate.